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Joe Ely - 100% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 February 1947, Amarillo, Texas, USA. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ely is one of the most completely realized artists in contemporary country music, especially in the live situation where he excels. His work for MCA Records in the late 70s is latterly regarded as the link between country rock and so-called new country.Ely moved with his parents in Read more

Bruce Robison - 87% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
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Rodney Crowell - 85% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 August 1950, Houston, Texas, USA. Combining careers as a country songwriter, producer and artist, Crowell rose to fame in the 80s as an influential figure in Nashville’s new breed of country traditionalists, along with Emmylou Harris, in whose Hot Band he worked for three years, Rosanne Cash, and fellow songwriters such as Guy Clark. His songs have been covered by Bob Read more

Jimmie Dale Gilmore - 82% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 May 1945, Amarillo, Texas, USA. Gilmore is one of the many singer-songwriters to emerge from Lubbock; he says, ‘People used to ask us why there is so much music in Lubbock and we’d say that maybe it was the UFOs that came through in the early 50s. There was a famous sighting that was known as the Lubbock Lights.’ Apart from such extra-terrestrial help, Gilmo Read more

Tom Russell - 77% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 March 1950, Arizona, USA. The country singer-songwriter Tom Russell grew up on a ranch in Santa Monica and had twin influences of cowboys and country music. He says, ‘Southern California was very rich in country music, not only with Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, but also the Hollywood cowboy scene. My brother became a full-on cowboy. It’s in the blood.’< Read more

Ray Wylie Hubbard - 72% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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13 November 1946, Soper, Oklahoma, USA. Much of Hubbard’s initial fame rested on his songwriting. Jerry Jeff Walker recorded his composition ‘Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother’, turning it into a left-field country standard. Hubbard formed the Cowboy Twinkies who released a self-titled debut for Warner Brother Records in 1975, but the album’s failure le Read more

Alejandro Escovedo - 70% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Alejandro Escovedo, 1951, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Singer-songwriter Escovedo is the seventh of 12 children born to a former Mexican prizefighter and musician. The family moved to Texas from the Mexican town of Saltillo when Escovedo was 12, before relocating to southern California by the late 50s. Several of his siblings subsequently became involved in the music industry - Read more

Buddy Miller - 70% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 September 1952, Fairborn, Ohio, USA. This acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter started out as a bass player in bluegrass bands before switching to acoustic guitar in the late 60s. His long years as a journeyman session musician saw him criss-crossing America with various bands. He also set up his own Buddy Miller Band, which at one point in the early 80s included a yo Read more

James McMurtry - 68% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 March 1962, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Raised in Leesburg, Virginia, McMurtry’s father is award-winning novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry. Encouraged by his mother, an English teacher, James began playing guitar at the age of seven and soon began showing musical ability and a liking for country and rock. He began writing songs during his teens, occasionally perfo Read more

James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards - 68% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Flatlanders - 68% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The seminal US country band the Flatlanders was formed in Lubbock, Texas, USA, in 1971. The three main members are all singer-songwriters and guitarists; Joe Ely (9 February 1947, Amarillo, Texas, USA), Jimmie Dale Gilmore (b. 6 May 1945, Amarillo, Texas, USA) and Butch Hancock (b. George Hancock, 12 July 1945, Lubbock, Texas, USA). Ely met Gilmore in Lubbock and, realizing Read more

Todd Snider - 64% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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11 October 1966, Portland, Oregon, USA. Roots rock singer-songwriter/guitarist Snider is a native of Portland, Oregon. He had a rough home life growing up, which led to his running away from home as a teenager with very little money in his pocket. After drifting around, Snider settled down in Texas for a while and began penning songs as a form of therapy. It was not long bef Read more

Chris Knight - 63% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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24 June 1960, Slaughters, Kentucky, USA. Country singer-songwriter Knight’s rural upbringing in the backwoods of Kentucky is reflected in his grittily honest tales of small town working men and women far from the bright lights of Nashville. Knight began writing songs as a teenager, inspired by the maverick creative talents of Steve Earle and John Prine, but any thoughts Read more

Guy Clark - 60% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1941, Rockport, Texas, USA. Clark has achieved considerably more fame as a songwriter than as a performer, although he is revered by his nucleus of fans internationally. Brought up in the hamlet of Monahans, Texas, Clark worked in television during the 60s, and later as a photographer - his work appeared on albums released by the Texan-based International Artists Read more

Kelly Willis - 58% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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2 October 1968, Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. An Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter, Kelly Willis was signed by MCA Records’ country division in 1990 and widely embraced by critics as a torchbearer for ‘new traditionalism’.Willis played in her first band when aged 16, performing with her future first husband Mas Palermo. Her raucous vocals Read more


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